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Adams and Reese Partner Kirby D. Shealy III is the 2017 recipient of G. Dewey Oxner Jr. Mentor of the Year Award presented by the Supreme Court of South Carolina’s Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession.

The Mentor of the Year award is presented annually to an individual who has performed exemplary service and demonstrated professional excellence as a mentor to a new lawyer participating in the Supreme Court’s Lawyer Mentoring Program.

The award’s namesake honors the legacy of one of the giants in the legal profession, G. Dewey Oxner Jr., and his steadfast commitment and leadership in ensuring that the practice of law remains a high-calling. During his tenure as president of the South Carolina Bar, Mr. Oxner proposed to the Supreme Court that it form the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession with its primary charge being to promote and enhance professionalism among South Carolina’s lawyers.

Shealy joined the Columbia, South Carolina office of Adams and Reese as a partner in 2013. Shealy practices in a multitude of areas such as litigation, appellate, construction, torts and insurance, land use, real estate, product liability, automotive, charter schools, transportation and logistics, casualty and coverage, and directors and officer’s professional liability.

Shealy serves as a member in a multitude of organizations including, South Carolina chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the former president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, serves on South Carolina Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, he serves on the board for Growing Home Southeast and Thompson Child and Family Focus, he is a trustee to the Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, serves as chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, treasurer of Trinity Foundation Commission, and the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 8 of the Indian Waters Council, BSA.

Shealy attended Davidson College where he received his B.A. in 1993, and then University of South Carolina where he received his law degree in 1996.